Food Insecurity – putting good food back on the table

Monday 1 August 2016 | 5.00 - 6.30PM

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Level 6 Seminar Room| Charles Perkins Centre | Johns Hopkins Drive| University of Sydney


As part of the Food @ Sydney Series:  ‘Sydney’s Food Futures’ in association with Sydney Ideas

According to recent reports, 1.2 million Australians regularly struggle to put good, healthy food on the table. From low incomes to high living costs, casualised labor markets to government policies, more and more Australians don’t have enough money to eat or to eat well. In policy jargon, problems like these are often referred to as food and nutrition insecurity.

This panel focuses on the problem of food insecurity here in Sydney, its causes, consequences, and – ultimately – what can be done to put good food back on the table. Drawing together academic, policy and practitioner perspectives we hope to open up a space to talk about pathways to and opportunities for a more just food system.

Luke Craven, Phd Candidate, University of Sydney
Elizabeth Millen, Program Manager | Healthy Environments | South Western Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Service
Tegan Picone, Nutrition Programs Manager | SecondBite
Chair: Professor David Schlosberg, Co-director, Sydney Environment Institute

Luke Craven is a PhD student at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Environment Institute. His interests lie in the application of social and political theory to contemporary policy problems, with a focus on food politics and policy. Luke’s PhD research develops new strategies to understand and address food insecurity in first world contexts, drawing on community-based fieldwork  in the US, UK and Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney, where he won the University Medal for his thesis which examined the implications of temporary migration for questions of vulnerability, equity and sustainability in rural Vanuatu. He is the NSW co-convenor of the Right to Food Coalition.

Liz Millen works in Health Promotion in South Western Sydney LHD and has focused on addressing food insecurity over the last ten years, combining local food access projects with advocacy.  She is a founding member of Right to Food.

Tegan Picone is a dietitian with a background in clinical obesity management and an interest food systems, social justice and environmental sustainability. She is currently working as Nutrition Program Coordinator for SecondBite where she is responsible for delivering education programs in the community food and welfare sector to increase food independence for people experiencing food insecurity, and embarking on her Master of Public Health with a belief that well-functioning food systems can at once promote both human and environmental health.

David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory – in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. He is the author, most recently, of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford 2016). Professor Schlosberg’s current research includes work on climate justice – in particular justice in climate adaptation strategies and policies, and the question of human obligations of justice to the nonhuman realm. He is also examining the sustainable practices of new environmental movement groups – in particular their attention to flows of power and goods in relation to food, energy, and sustainable fashion. And he continues with theoretical work at the interface of justice, democracy, and human/nonhuman relations in the Anthropocene.